Deaf man adopts adorable puppy with hearing loss and teaches him sign language

Nick Abbot , 31-years-old, came across a Facebook post asking to find an adorable black lab mix named Emerson a forever home. Emerson suffered seizures and was then diagnosed with canine parvovirus, a highly contagious infection, luckily he survived but veterinarians noticed about the small puppy, he had partial hearing loss.
“I was drawn to him right away because we had similarities,” Abbott, 31, told CBS News. “I felt I could understand him.”They made an instant connection as soon as they met.Soon Emerson was put up for adoption and Powers said there was one application that stuck out to her.

“Right off the bat he said, ‘I’m deaf also and I feel like we’d have a good connection.”“He came straight to me at the door and sat right away at my feet and stayed there,” Abbott told WABI. “So you can tell he kind of picked me. And I knew right then and there that we would get along and understand each other pretty good.”

Since adopting Emerson Nick has been training the puppy all of the usual commands using sign language, so the little puppy is able to sit, stay, lie down, and follow other commands.
Nick’s mother, called her son and his puppy’s relationship “amazing,” stating they were “meant for each other.”
“Whenever they’re together, Emerson is always finding a way to lean on Nick,” she told Good Morning America.

“This will go down in history as one of my all time favorite adoptions stories,” NFR Maine shared. “This will be the story I tell people when they ask ‘Why/how can you foster like that’ That question has A LOT of answers, but the easiest is love.”
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